Enrollment keeps growing for the Brandon-Evansville School District. First day enrollment for the 2019-20 school year was 484 – an increase of 10 students from the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Don Peschel shared enrollment numbers at the regular school board meeting Monday night. He said increases are beneficial because more students in the schools means more revenue for the district.

“I think our educational product we put out to parents is top-notch, and that can sometimes reflect in an increase in enrollment,” said Peschel.

However, from the perspective of space, it can be problematic.

“We are pretty much maxed out in both buildings regarding usable classroom space and areas to put kids,” he said. “It’s a good problem to have, but something we need to address.”

Here’s a look at the numbers broken down by grade for this year and last year (the first number is last year, the second number is this year and the change):

  • Kindergarten: 30 – 41 (+11)

  • First: 50 – 31 (-19)

  • Second: 37 – 49 (+12)

  • Third: 48 – 37 (-11)

  • Fourth: 32 – 44 (+12)

  • Fifth: 41 – 33 (-8)

  • Sixth: 41 – 38 (-3)

  • Seventh: 41 – 42 (+1)

  • Eighth: 36 – 39 (+3)

  • Ninth: 34 – 37 (+3)

  • 10th: 29 – 33 (+4)

  • 11th: 29 – 30 (+1)

  • 12th: 26 – 30 (+4)

  • Total: 474 – 484 (+10)

Preliminary levy rises 60 percent

At the Monday night meeting, school board members set the preliminary levy. Business Manager Vicki Ellis said the district typically levies the maximum amount and that there will still be time for adjustments, as the final levy amount won’t be approved until December.

This year’s levy (2018 payable in 2019) was set at $923,822, while next year’s levy (2019 payable in 2020) was set at $1.6 million – an increase of $555,904 or 60 percent.

The increase, according to Peschel, is from the board-approved levy for the improvements to the HVAC system – replacing the boilers in the Brandon building and upgrading the ventilation infrastructure in both Brandon and Evansville.

The total levy is typically divided among the general fund, community service fund, debt service and OPEB debt service, which is for retirement.

Here’s a look at the individual amounts:

General fund levy – $812,976.43

Community service – $37,085.70

General debt service – $629,665

The money this year was divided among the general fund, community service and general debt service.